Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad wrapped up his daylong visit to Western African country of Benin, where he received the country’s highest civilian decoration, and headed to Niger. There he is expected to discuss direct import of uranium with the country’s officials. Niger is the world’s fourth largest producer of uranium, with the French nuclear group Areva having had a monopoly of production and sales of its uranium. (Reuters, 15 April)
Iran does have its own uranium mines, but could soon exhaust the reserves crucial to its nuclear program. After Niger, Ahmadinejad will visit Ghana before heading home to serve out his last two months as president.
Photo credit: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad after receiving Benin’s highest decoration from President Yayi Boni. Also in picture is presidential hopeful Esfandiar Rahim Mashie, second from left. Porto Novo, People’s Democratic Republic of Benin; 14 April 2013 (Mohammad Babaie/IRNA)